Tiger Woods has outlined the full extent of his opposition to the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Golf series, and reaffirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour, in a press conference ahead of Thursday's 150th Open.
"I disagree with it [the players' decision to join LIV Golf]," the 15-time-major winner said on Tuesday. "I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position."
The controversial series has created divisions in the game. Several players, including major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, have joined the LIV Golf series, accepting suspension from the PGA Tour as a consequence.
Fronted by former world No. 1 Greg Norman, the LIV Golf series is funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) -- a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
A US intelligence report named Bin Salman as responsible for approving the operation that led to the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bin Salman has denied involvement in Khashoggi's murder.
The PIF has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money, but the source of the money for the lucrative series has led to criticism aimed at organizers and players about choosing to play for money from the country.
Woods said: "Who knows what's going to happen in the near future with world-ranking points, the criteria for entering major championships?"
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